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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD DEFENSE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (78%)

Night of the Living Dead Defense is a tower defence game released by ArtofBytes UG.

“Build your strategic defenses and try to survive the Night Of The Living Dead! Love zombies? Love to shoot ’em dead? Get ready to save humanity! Brought to you by the creators of GRave Defense HD and based on George Romero’s cult classic horror flick.”

For those who have played GRave Defense HD you will immediately see the similarity between the two games, even down to the menu systems.

The game puts you in control of a map that you can fill with human survivors and fight off the zombie hordes.

After a short training level you can launch into the game itself. Zombie rats and birds will be the first of your foes, and it is take a little while for the first real zombies to turn up.

As you kill the zombies, you gain money that can then be use to purchase or upgrade the defenders.

The game offers a Campaign with three scenerios and a Survival mode. You have four levels of difficulty (casual, normal, hard and insane) so you have some control over how hard the game will be. However, even with this you need to make sure you use your money wisely and place the towers well as the game is very unforgiving of mistakes.

Controls are your standard tower defence ones with placing  the survivors on a set emplacement points then clicking on them to upgrade etc. You can also pick up objects dropped by the mutants like money, health packs and explosives.

The graphics and sound are both good, the graphics have been tweaked from GRave Defense, but some of the survivors etc do lack on animation side.

On the upside:

  • Well designed tower defence game.
  • A Movie Tie In on the Touchpad

On the downside:

  • Random routes make it hard to plan the best defence.
  • Some monsters move so fast it is almost impossible to stop them.
  • Did not really make enough of the Movie Tie In elements. (Still images on each level and “Coming to get you barbara” looping every fews minutes is not enough)

Overall, this is a solid tower defence game. If you are a fan of the GRave Defense HD game and what more, then you will be happy. Fans of the film may be a little disappointed with the use of the license. This game is worth a look for tower defense fans.

Rating: 78%

Size: 17.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.59

Link: Night of the Living Dead Defense – ArtOfBytes UG

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Game - Defense, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

RADIANT DEFENSE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

Radiant Defense is a tower defence game released by Hexage.

“MILLIONS OF ALIENS WILL DIE… Radiant Defense is a tower defense game set in a vibrant universe invaded by countless alien hordes. Build your space fortress any way you wish, set up wide variety of weapons and traps and let the invasions begin!”

Radiant Defense is similar in many ways to Field Runner gameplay using the graphical style and sound effects for many of Hexage other titles. Some sound effects come straight from titles like Robotek.

Normally I would have left reviewing this one for a free app round up, but as this is a full title, I will review as 

The application puts you in control of a space fortress, strange aliens are appearing from worm holes and attacking. You have to build your defences to keep them at bay. If the “power coil” of your base is destroyed then it is game over and you will need to play the level again.

To start the game, you are given a tutorial level that starts you out limited to only one tower. Then takes you through upgrading and using modules to block the pathways.

The weapons are really the standard for a tower defence games, with lasers, gun turrets and tesla towers.

As you kill the enemy you will obtain cash to pay for new weapons and upgrades.

Wave length vary, getting longer as you progress. You can play at normal speed or fast forward if you wish. There is a pause between each wave that allows you to make any major changes or to lay down the modules to block off pathways to get the enemies nearer to your weapon emplacements.

The game is kind enough to let you restart from the same wave if you game over, say wave 10 out of 12, however, if you failure is due to bad weapon selects etc, then you will find yourself stuck and having to start from wave 1 again anyway.

Controls are done by dragging the towers into set locations around the level, you can then tap of them and buttons will appear offering upgrade or sell.

The graphics and sounds in the game are good, with the graphics style of games like Evac HD etc.

On the Freemium side of things, there are four in app purchase to add to the weapons and technology on offer, however, I was unable to test this as at present all the in-app purchases fail with error messages.

On the upside:

  • Well designed tower defence game.
  • Nice range of weapons and upgrades.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Very tough, especially if you go for the wrong type of weapons and upgrades, leading you playing several waves again.

Overall, this is a solid tower defence game. There is nothing really original here, however, this game does take many of the best features and uses them. Well worth a download for fans of tower defence games.

Rating: 80%

Size: 15.0 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium (With In-App Purchases, which do not appear to work in the UK?)

Link: Radiant Defense – Hexage

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Game - Defense, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

IBOMBER DEFENSE PACIFIC [IOS] – REVIEW (77%)

iBomber Defense Pacific is a tower defence game released by Chillingo Ltd

“Get ready to take the battle to the enemy and win the war! iBomber Defense Pacific is the latest game in the hugely successful iBomber series. The iBomber series moves out to the Pacific as you fight a whole new enemy in an effort to secure territory on the Pacific Rim.”

This is a follow up to the successful iBomber Defense, and really is more of the same. You are now based in the Pacific rather than Europe.

This game puts you in command of the army in a WWII setting, you have to set down defenses to protect you bases from attack.

The game does not offer much new in the tower defense style of game, it does have the enemy attacking your towers, so they need to be repaired or can be destroyed. Also you can set the line of sight the tower uses. This can be helpful and annoying. If you suddenly notice that after an upgrade your tower is no longer firing at the road, and you find the line of sight is pointing off into the jungle.

Some of the tower do not fire, but instead produce special items like bombs. These can be pulled onto the screen and dropped. These are built over time, but will maximise at the number of towers you have, so if the build more they will queue and not become available until the others are used first.

There are the usual upgrade options which you slow gain as your leadership improves.

There are also perks that can be purchased. These can add to range, damage or give a special item at the start of the level.

The game is nicely presentation, with small, but functional graphics. This is also a universal title.

On the upside:

  • Nicely designed interface.
  • One of the better tower defense games out there.

On the downside:

  • If you spend money incorrectly or place something wrongly, you are quickly punished.
  • Some enemies seem a little too fast, as even with several maxed out towers I could not stop them.
  • Line of Sight firing can confuse gameplay if you did not realise you have moved it.

Overall, this is a solid tower defense title. If you are a fan of the original then you will be happy with the follow up. Despite the improvements it had many of the same issues as the original for me. For me the line of sight option confused the game a little more than the original, but you learn to live with it.

Rating: 77%

Size: 108 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.99

Link: iBomber Defense Pacific – Chillingo Ltd

 
 

TOWERS N’ TROLLS HD [IOS] – REVIEW (83%)

Towers N’ Trolls HD is a tower defence game released by Ember Entertainment.

“Defend your kingdom from invading troll hordes, with addictive quick-to-learn but difficult-to-master gameplay. Towers N’ Trolls combines fast-paced arcade action with quick-thinking strategy.”

The game puts you in control of the defences of the kingdom that needs to stop the advance of the troll hordes.

As you kill the trolls and their allies, you gain money that can then be use to purchase upgrades and more towers.

The game offers a Campaign with six area which as five levels to each area (so 30 levels in all). You have three levels of difficulty (casual, normal and brutal) so you have some control over how hard the game will be. Normal can be fairly hard after the second area so you need to use your money, power ups and place the towers wisely as the game is very unforgiving of mistakes.

Each level have their own power ups, normally you are given one or two additional weapons like gas clouds, land mines or similar to help defeat the horde. These are limited in use, normally only three of each.

Controls are your standard tower defence ones with placing a tower along the path then clicking on them to upgrade etc.

The trolls and their allies drop gems that can be used to purchased additional power ups of the level.

The graphics and sound are both good, although the music seems to not really match the game, I got the feeling the music for this type of game would have been darker and less bouncy.

On the upside:

  • Well designed tower defence game.
  • Three difficulty levels and 30 levels should keep you going some time.

On the downside:

  • Strange selection of music.
  • Only three designs of towers in the area stages of the game.

Overall, this is one of the better tower defense games that I have played. The levels are generally a good length not taking too long and after tough enough to give a challenge. This is a quality product at a reasonable price. If you are a fan of tower defense this one is well worth a download, just be ready to turn down the volume if the music seems odd to you.

Rating: 83%

Size: 48.1 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.99 (£1.99 iPhone/iPod version only also available.)

Link: Towers N’ Trolls HD – Ember Entertainment

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2012 in Game - Defense, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews

 

SPICE INVADERS [IOS] – REVIEW (81%)

Spice Invaders is a tower defence game released by Chillingo Ltd.

These scurvy space pirates are interested in just one thing…Spice. Spice Invaders puts you in control of the invading pirate force, protect them as they mine the Earth’s resources for the precious mineral, Spice. With groundbreaking online multiplayer, drop-dead gorgeous visuals, challenging and addictive gameplay, a huge amount of upgrades and outrageous weapons, Spice Pirates is the next evolution in Tower Defense. 

Spice Invaders is a cross between Field Runner gameplay wise and Jelly Defence for cuteness of character design.

The application puts you in control of the Spice Pirates, strange aliens who want to steal the spices from Earth. The earth forces will attack your base of operations, and you have to build your defences to keep them at bay. If your base is destroyed then it is game over and you will need to play the level again.

To start the game are you limited to only one tower. However, as your gain experience more towers are made unlockable and can be added into your arsenal if you can afford the spice to unlock them.

The tower are really the standard for a tower defence game, with missiles, gun turrets and tesla towers etc. Unlike other tower defences the towers can be upgraded several levels (once you are a high enough level to get them)

As you kill the enemy you will obtain cash to pay for new towers and upgrades.

There are three in-game power ups that unlock as your progress. You will have five of these, but if you use them up you will need to use spice to buy another five. The power ups freeze the enemy, give added electrical damage and a magical confusion.

There are also an Upgrade yard between the game where you can upgrade the skills of your pirate to add to ranges of weapons, reduce costs of upgrade and lots of other advances that will aid a little in game.

Wave length vary, getting longer as you progress. You can play at normal speed, X2 and X4, so you never have to wait for the next wave to begin. The game gives a nice visual guide to when waves will begin with a status bar at the time of the screen.

Controls are done by dragging the towers into set locations around the level, you can then tap of them and buttons will appear offering upgrade or sell.

The graphics and sounds in the game are good, but apart from the cute spice pirates is much like any other tower defence game.

On the Freemium side of things, there is advertisement in-game these are in the menus and out of the way most of the time, but from time to time you will get a full screen ad. I could not see a way to switch the ads off by paying. Spice is the currency of the game, it is awarded slowly through play, however, to really advance far you may need to consider making an in-app purchase for extra spice. I feel that this is pushed a little hard, as almost everything needs spice.

On the upside:

  • Well designed tower defence game.
  • Cute Spice Pirate characters.
  • Online options are solid.

On the downside:

  • Very repetitive gameplay.
  • Crashing issues – On the iPad 1, I had crashes entering the fitting room and an in-game crash.
  • Heavy push towards in-app purchases to progress past the Americas.

Overall, this is a solid tower defence game. There is nothing really original here, however, this game does take many of the best features and uses them. The big issue with the game is the in-app purchases side of things. If this was a paid app and you gained spice in game a little faster, this game would be an excellent tower defence game. However, the in-app does slow your progress a great deal and without paying cash, you are held back a little too much. If is worth a look for fans of tower defence games, you will get some fun before the in-apps kick in, and who knows, if you liked it enough you will want to put a few pounds towards the game.

Rating: 81%

Size: 77.9 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium (With In-App Purchases)

Link: Spice Invaders – Chillingo Ltd

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Game - Defense, iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch, Reviews